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Houston Rockets Game 61 of 2015-16 Season vs Pelicans

By Tamberlyn Richardson
Mar 2, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) hugs a fan after defeating the New Orleans Pelicans at Toyota Center. The Rockets won 100-95. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 2, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) hugs a fan after defeating the New Orleans Pelicans at Toyota Center. The Rockets won 100-95. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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FirHouston Rockets Game 61 of 2015-16  saw the squad tipping off versus inter division rivals the New Orleans Pelicans.

Continuing SCS series of all 82 games from last season next up is the Houston Rockets Game 61 of 2015-16 versus the New Orleans Pelicans.

Mar 2, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) misses a dunk against the Houston Rockets in the second half at Toyota Center. The Rockets won 100-95. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets added draft picks and signed free agents to improve upon an especially mediocre 41-41 campaign. Big man Dwight Howard left for Atlanta while free agents Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon, Nene Hilario and Pablo Prigioni joined Houston in free agency.

Hopes are these additions and the growth of existing assets will translate into a season similar to 2014-15. While fans wait for opening night on October 26th versus the Lakers hopefully this series will appease your cravings.

To that end, this series showcases the Rockets 82 games noting the pregame analysis, post game grades, and relevant video. Furthermore, SCS will highlight significant changes made by their opponents this summer. So, here it is – – enjoy all 82 posts as SCS takes you back over the 2015-16 season.

Game 61 – New Orleans Pelicans/h]

Pregame Analysis:

Sure the Rockets lead the series 2-1 and enter the contest with close to a full compliment of healthy bodies.  Especially relevant is Donatas Motiejunas is available, and says his lawyers will be talking to Stan Van Gundy’s Pistons over the lies regarding a failed medical exam. What DeMo needs to do along with the rest of the Pelicans is to put all the drama behind them and focus solely on the game, one play at a time.

That includes forgetting the fact Ty Lawson was waived despite the fact he was suppose to be the saving grace for the back court and in spite of the fact he cost the Rockets their first round pick and 4 players.

Furthermore, the Rockets  need to put behind them the fact the team tried to trade away Dwight Howard. Consequently Howard confirmed the Bucks were the team in talks with Houston.

And more than anything, that includes all the players especially Howard and Harden continually doing and saying things that only make matters worse.

You make millions of dollars gentlemen, to play a game you love and are better than anyone else at. So, go out and play ball like it’s your last game ever!

The full pregame analysis Houston Rockets Game 61 can be viewed here.

Post Game Analysis:

In an emotional roller coaster game, the Houston Rockets mired in a 3-game losing streak rallied late to beat the New Orleans Pelicans. The win consequently keeps the Rockets playoff hopes alive.

So, given the opponent convinced this game would be a walk in the park for the Rockets. However, after they started 0-15 from behind the arc, it was clear that the Rockets were in for a long night.

Coty Davis’ full post game and player grades Houston Rockets Game 61 article.

Stat Leaders:

As per Davis’ full article above he selected James Harden (39 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals), and Norris Cole (21 points, 8 assists) as having especially great games.

Houston Rockets Game 61 NBA.com box score.

Rockets Games vs New Orleans Pelicans 2016-17

  • December 16th at home
  • February 23rd in New Orleans at Smoothie King Arena
  • March 17th  in New Orleans at Smoothie King Arena
  • March 24th at home

Draft Picks and Free Agents

Draft Picks:

Round 1: Buddy Hield (6)

Round 2: Cheick Diallo (33)

Incoming Free Agents/trade:

E’Twaun Moore

4-year, $34M from

More from Space City Scoop

  • Solomon Hill 4-years, $52M from Pacers
  • Langston Galloway 2-years (undisclosed financials) from Knicks
  • Terrence Jones signs a 1-year deal exits Houston
  • Robert Sacre signs summer league/training camp contract

    Exiting Free Agents/traded: 

    Re-upping:

    Unresolved:

    • Norris Cole (T-Wolves showing interest)
    • Kendrick Perkins (due to relationship with Durant the Warriors have expressed interest)

    More Free Agent News

    Next: Updated Free Agency Report

    Next: Free Agency Profiles for all 30 Teams

    Due to the large Houston Rockets fan base, SCS is always looking to add new talent to our writing team. To that end, we’re looking for individuals with a specialized focus.  Specifically, the first area  is perfect for someone who constantly surfs for breaking news on injuries, trades, insider info. Consequently this individual would select top news items providing timely quick hits to keep SCS readers in the loop.

    The other writer would possess an especially strong social media background and would like to interact with Clutch City Fans. Therefore this person will promote SCS team content on facebook and twitter. As a result the successful candidate will  make sure to promote the best content coming from H-Town fans. In conclusion, if you’re a budding writer who possesses these qualities vist the SCS link, and fill out an application

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